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  • Shorts for me, I think the long tights came out twice this winter. I don't shave my legs so that probably helps.

    It's my hands that feel it far more than legs. I've had days when I've underestimated how cold it is and arrived at work with my hands feeling like they've been slammed in a car door. My thickest gloves live in my bag now and probably won't come out for a while!
  • iPeteiPete Posts: 6,076
    peteco wrote:
    This the weather that 3/4 bib tights exist for

    Pete

    This.
  • LorezLorez Posts: 23
    I need to buy some shorts so this thread is making me reach for my wallet
  • fenixfenix Posts: 5,437
    Shorts for me, I think the long tights came out twice this winter. I don't shave my legs so that probably helps.

    It's my hands that feel it far more than legs. I've had days when I've underestimated how cold it is and arrived at work with my hands feeling like they've been slammed in a car door. My thickest gloves live in my bag now and probably won't come out for a while!

    Where do you live??

    You'll find your hands are warmer if you've got covered legs too. You'll be losing loads of lovely heat that way.
    You only get one set of knees. I'm keeping mine cosy.
  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,870
    Belgian booties today was a terrible idea my feet were cold the whole ride, temp outside is 8C add in the wind chill and i felt more like -1C to me.
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  • Fenix wrote:

    Where do you live??

    You'll find your hands are warmer if you've got covered legs too. You'll be losing loads of lovely heat that way.
    You only get one set of knees. I'm keeping mine cosy.

    I'd never linked bare legs to cold hands, maybe I'll experiment. I always just figured I had feeble hands as my legs feel fine when my hands can lose all feeling.
    I live in Surrey and it's not been too bad this winter.
  • redveeredvee Posts: 11,921
    redvee wrote:
    Shorts a couple of times this week on the way to work at noon but have put knee warmers on for the 2200 ride home.

    The most my legs get covered is when I wear 3/4 bibs or knee warmers. I haven't worn full length tights in nearly three years. I've got a couple of pairs but feel OK in the above.
    I've added a signature to prove it is still possible.
  • cubedeancubedean Posts: 670
    Longs, l/s thermal base layer & s/s jersey. Although my feet are always more of a problem than abything.
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 14,728
    Dress according to the weather, not the calendar. End of.
    Notable example - 16 degrees at 06:30 mid December 2013.
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  • NeXXusNeXXus Posts: 854
    Never stopped wearing shorts, just added leg warmers and recently knee warmers
    And the people bowed and prayed, to the neon god they made.
  • rollemynotrollemynot Posts: 436
    NeXXus wrote:
    Never stopped wearing shorts, just added leg warmers and recently knee warmers

    ^ this
  • NeXXusNeXXus Posts: 854
    And spent today sans gloves :)
    And the people bowed and prayed, to the neon god they made.
  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,870
    Got 1 mile away from the house this afternoon before turning around for thicker gloves and a windproof jacket to go over my Castelli alpha.

    Temp said 9C but it felt like 0 to me, full cloud cover and a strong NE wind very unpleasant
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  • step83step83 Posts: 4,034
    Went for 3/4 lengths today which was OK.
  • Was out at 7am today in tights and winter top with gloves. Was bloody freezing.

    Some madmen were out in shorts including some TT skinsuit aero helmeted nutjob who woooshed by at a hundred kph
    Trek,,,, too cool for school ,, apparently
  • awaveyawavey Posts: 2,368
    shorts in March ?? not unless it warms up by another 10 degrees or I suddenly find myself on a plane to Lanzarote or Mallorca :)

    it was June I think last year by the time I got the shorts out finally and the way the weathers going at the moment, probably wont be far off a similar date
  • redveeredvee Posts: 11,921
    Step83 wrote:
    Went for 3/4 lengths today which was OK.

    Ditto but still sat on sofa and grabbed my knee warmers before I put my shoes on :oops:
    I've added a signature to prove it is still possible.
  • meanredspidermeanredspider Posts: 12,550
    5c is when my knees get uncovered - I do get some odd looks from other cyclists and even occasional light-hearted abuse - but I hate having my knees covered on the bike. Arms covered to 10c along with fingers. Above 10c is effectively summer kit. In my defence, I've lived in the Highlands for much of the last 11 years and I never really felt the cold even when I was a kid. In response to a comment above, I'm 51 - knees still in fine fettle.
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  • jgsijgsi Posts: 5,027
    I raced with a couple of guys who had twinsets of replacement knees.. I must ask them how they rode over winter in their yooth next time.
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 14,728
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    Life must be the same for everyone.
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  • cookeeemonstercookeeemonster Posts: 1,984
    knee warmers below 11/12...never tights (don't feel the cold on my shins tbh)
  • dyrlacdyrlac Posts: 740
    5c is when my knees get uncovered - I do get some odd looks from other cyclists and even occasional light-hearted abuse - but I hate having my knees covered on the bike. Arms covered to 10c along with fingers. Above 10c is effectively summer kit.

    This. The only time I particularly feel the cold is in the fingers, toes and ... er ... tackle, and then only really below 3c.

    Shorts today in London. And since this bloke's not for turning*, that means shorts until November (at least ... went until 31 December last year before the shorts got packed away). Thicker socks for a few more weeks I reckon and I expect to drop down to a ss jersey plus base layer after easter.

    * And none of this knee warmers/leg warmers nonsense. Might as well wear full bib-longs. But then again, I have natural sasquatchian leggings.
  • Jay_FormeJay_Forme Posts: 132
    Mentioning Fingers, no mater what gloves i wear my right hand index finger ends up stiff as a board for about 20/30 minutes after every cycle. i spent best part of 14 years working outside as an electricians mate and electrician and injured my joint just below the bone. If i get to cold then i really have trouble changing gears and have to use my middle finger, its a nightmare and something i can see causing problems later in life.
  • homers_doublehomers_double Posts: 6,764
    Reynaulds? I get a cold left index finger tip when on the hoods, sometimes just tucking it behing the lever takes the edge off it. Maybe I need a fingerdom.
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  • redbikejohnredbikejohn Posts: 156
    -2 this morning at 4am so I need to wrap up warm but leaving work at 2pm it was lovely and despite ditching the base layer I cooked. Coming into that time of year when I need to take a change of clothing to work - cycle clothing, as temps vary so much between morning and afternoon or afternoon and evening on late shifts.
  • neebneeb Posts: 4,400
    About 12 degrees for me is the cutoff point. Short sleeves somewhere about 14... Sure, I could wear shorts significantly colder than that without feeling uncomfortable (and have done in the past), but around 12 it seems that the "cool skin" feeling is gone, from which I surmise that the tendons 'n stuff in the knees are warm enough not to be stressed.
  • neebneeb Posts: 4,400
    Reynaulds? I get a cold left index finger tip when on the hoods, sometimes just tucking it behing the lever takes the edge off it. Maybe I need a fingerdom.
    I'm also a sufferer - I'm actually in Mallorca right now and it nearly did for me on the descent of Sa Colobra... Underestimated the temperature difference higher up and just had summer gloves. I'm a poor descender at the best of times but l really don't recommend that particular hill with a random assortment of white/numb fingers... No hot water in the cafe toilets at the bottom either, had to spend 10 mins with the electric hand dryer switching itself on and off every 10 seconds before they were back to normal again.. :D
  • robbo2011robbo2011 Posts: 1,017
    We are far more sensible over here. I only put summer shorts on when it is around 18 degC or warmer and short sleeved jerseys at 20degC or above.

    Below that it is insulator shorts or 3/4 knickers, and long sleeve jerseys. Most Swiss riders are similar. It can get quite cold on descents even in conditions British riders would class as summer.
  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,870
    Shorts in and out today evening the rain was fine actually but forgetting overshoes was plain stupid
    Rule #5 // Harden The censored Up.
    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
  • DavidJBDavidJB Posts: 2,019
    Looking like a shorts day today :)
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